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After a string of hits that included (1968), (1970), Papillon (1973), and (1978), director Franklin J. Schaffner stumbled badly with this expensive wannabe cousin to Franklin J. Schaffner (1981). Based on a novel by author Robin Cook, this romance-adventure stars Lesley-Anne Down as Erica Baron, a female archaeologist who is searching for a lost Egyptian tomb, hoping that she will be responsible for the next discovery along the lines of King Tut's Tomb. Erica witnesses the murder of a native, Abdu Hamdi (John Gielgud doing his best Alec Guinness impersonation) and when she attempts to solve the crime, she becomes the target of a campaign to kill her using a variety of creative methods, including bats and entombment. In the course of her adventures, Erica also falls in love with a handsome Egyptologist, Ahmed Khazzan (Frank Langella). Sphinx (1981) was a box office disaster from which Schaffner never recovered, directing only three more pictures. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Lesley-Anne Down
as Erica Baron
Frank Langella
as Ahmed Khazzan
Maurice Ronet
as Yvon
John Gielgud
as Abdu Hamdi
Vic Tablian
as Khalifa
Martin Benson
as Muhammed
John Rhys-Davies
as Stephanos Markoulis
Nadim Sawalha
as Gamal
Tutte Lemkow
as Tewfik
Saeed Jaffrey
as Selim
Eileen Way
as Aida
William Hootkins
as Don
James Cossins
as Carter
Victoria Tennant


Franklin J. Schaffner
Franklin J. Schaffner
Stanley O'Toole
John Byrum
Ernest Day
Wendy Waldman
Robert Swink
Terence Marsh
Production Designer
Peter Lamont
Supervising Art Director
Peter Lamont
Art Director
Gil Parrondo
Art Director
Cyril Swern
Sound/Sound Designer